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  • Jun 20 / 2017
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Latin

Learning Latin with the Vulgate

“Saint Jerome in his study”, by Domenico Ghirlandaio

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

Introduction

When I started my Latin studies many years ago, I wondered why my tutor wanted me to buy Collin’s “Primer of Ecclesiastical Latin”, a textbook generally used only in seminaries and Catholic colleges. My goal was to read Cicero and Vergil, and at first I didn’t understand why I was starting with the Vulgate. I soon realized, though, that the Vulgate is a great introduction to Latin and a bridge to more advanced texts. In this article I will share my experiences working with this Medieval Latin work. Continue Reading

  • Jun 15 / 2017
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Latin

Great Speeches of Mankind: “Against Catiline”

Cicero Denounces Catiline, fresco by Cesare Maccari

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

Introduction

This is the first of a series of articles about great speeches by classical orators. This first article deals with one of the greatest lawyers of mankind, Marcus Tullius Cicero, the famous Roman orator, writer, philosopher and statesman. In this short essay, I will demonstrate how Cicero’s speeches can be turned into effective and exciting homework for Latin students. Continue Reading

  • Jun 13 / 2017
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Latin

Homework Suggestion: the Magna Carta

King John signs the Magna Carta

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

Introduction

There are an astonishing number of people who think that Medieval Latin has produced no great literary works. They couldn’t be more wrong! Medieval Latin has produced many true jewels of literature, including poetry, novels, and great legal documents like the Magna Carta. Continue Reading

  • Jun 08 / 2017
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Ancient Greek

The Ethics of Tragedy

Antigone in front of the dead Polynices by Nikiphoros Lytras

 

By Susi Ferrarello, Ph.D.

Do we really need tragedy in our lives? At first the answer seems ridiculously easy. No, thank you.

Yet it seems to me that only tragedy can successfully nurture our inner ethical compass and our sense of empathetic compassion for others and for ourselves. Continue Reading

  • Jun 06 / 2017
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Ancient Greek

Heinrich Schliemann: Archaeologist or Fraud?

A picture of Henirich Schliemann

 

By André Bastos Gurgel, OAB

Introduction

Most Classics teachers and students have heard of the German archeologist Heinrich Schliemann and many see him as a great scholar who set an example for generations to come. Still, his reputation has been under attack for years, and many people now believe he was nothing but a fraud. In this article I’ll be discussing Schliemann and the controversy that surrounds him. Continue Reading